Mental stimuli + praise + rules = better adjusted kids. 🤗
It seems that despite being registered with Ofsted and delivering a curriculum just like nurseries and pre-schools, many parents don't know they can access funded childcare places from a childminder and many local authorities are failing to embrace childminding as part of their local childcare offer.
In many parts of the country, lots of childcare settings including the vast majority of childminders do not deliver the current 15 hours of free early education all 3- and 4- year olds receive. Increasing this to 30 hours for eligible children will only make matters worse.
Where I live, in a fairly ordinary part of North London, a full-time childminder or nursery place can cost over £20,000. For one child. If you have two children, you're looking at nearly twice that. Childminders charge per child, as do nurseries.
I went to meet a Child-Minding Association in Northamptonshire with over 8oo registered Child-Minders providing essential care for up to 24,000 children. They are also responsible for an innovative project to set standards of excellence in Food and Nutrition for Early Years Home Child-Care.
Many new parents with young children often grow anxious over the challenges of young toddlers and in particular the famous tantrums of the 'terrible two' phase. In fact, two year olds are at one of the most fascinating phases of their development, and whilst it can be tricky, it is important to enjoy it too. ...
We're seeing government and regulators place less and less emphasis on fostering children's emotional literacy and resilience, boosting social confidence and supporting their independence - all of which a play based-approach to learning delivers. These are vital to help children not only become school ready, but life ready, too.
To truly tackle to the number of families struggling with the cost of childcare, we need to reflect on why childcare is key.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has blocked Tory plans to allow nursery staff and childminders to look after more youngsters
One of the coalition's key reforms has been thrown into doubt after Nick Clegg signalled he did not support it. The government